article image Stone countertop surfaces in Atlanta are a very popular choice right now for numerous reasons. They're beautiful, easy to maintain, and durable. But choosing between the different natural stone available can be overwhelming. Here are the basics of marble, quartz, quartzite, and granite kitchen countertops in Atlanta that you should know about.


Granite

Granite is a popular material because it resists stains, nicks, and scratches. It's also great for the kitchen because it can withstand heat, which makes it a popular choice for bakers. Additionally, granite comes in many different colors and grains, so it's easy for homeowners to find a match for their style. They are low maintenance and only require periodic sealing since it's a porous material and can stain when not properly sealed.


Marble

Marble is another beautiful natural stone option with very unique modeling and veining that's difficult to find in any other natural stone. It's durable, though not quite as durable as granite. It must also be properly sealed because it can stain. Marble doesn't require a lot of maintenance as long as harsh chemicals and acidic liquids are kept off the surface.


Quartzite

Quartzite is usually in white or gray, but may be found with a tint of other colors due to other minerals. It's harder than granite and also withstands heat well. As with other natural stone surfaces, quartzite should be sealed once or twice a year. But when sealed properly, maintenance is practically non-existent.


Quartz

Quartz is very similar to quartzite, but differs because it's not totally natural stone like quartzite is. Quartz is an engineered stone counter because it's made of stone-like materials and pressed together with binders that are either cement or plastic-based. The stone-like materials include quartz, marble, and granite pieces and make up 93% of the surface. Quartz is durable because it's a little more flexible than natural stone, but its heat tolerance is not as high. However, quartz requires no sealing, which makes it maintenance-free.


Soapstone

Soapstone is a less popular choice in recent years, but preferred by some because of its durability and impenetrability. It's easy to maintain and many homeowners love the distinct, antique look it provides.